Stokes Bay News

Thur., May 29, 1947 Stokes Bay Miss Lillian Smith had opened a beauty shopp here in the Smith house between the two bridges, after her discharge from the CWAC. Miss Smith took a course at the Training and Re-establishment Institute at Windsor and was the first girl to graduate from that school.

Stokes Bay The commercial fishermen who set nets in the last few weeks have met with fair success so far. Seymour Knight has had one lift of 600 lbs. of tulibees and Kenny McLay nearly the same amount of whitefish and a few trout. The sucker fishing was not profitable this year, the run coming too late for the Lenten season.

Thur., July 10, 1947 The King of the Bruce Peninsula Strawberry, Dick Coulter of Stokes Bay, claims that lack of rain has hampered the growth of his strawberries and as a result only 3,000 or 4,000 boxes will be marketed this year. Other years Dick has sold upwards of 8,000 to 10,000 boxes. The price he has been receiving to date is 30 cents a box.

Thur., July 31, 1947 Stokes Bay Wilbert Burley has sold his tourist resort, consisting of three cabins, a motor-boat and a number of row boats to Mr. & Mrs. Goodacre of Sarnia. They took possession immediately.

Aug. 28, 1947 Fire broke out this Thursday morning in the sawmill at Old Woman’s River, near Stokes Bay on the Bruce Peninsula, owned and operated by Clarence Wardrop, completely razing the structure. A good stiff breeze fanned the flames and the bucket brigade which threw water on the building found their efforts to little avail. Prov. Const. Reid of Lion’s Head contacted the district Ontario Forestry Branch, who are sending fire equipment to the scene, after it was feared that the bush might catch fire.

June 25, 1919 Fire last Friday completely destroyed the store, warehouse, dwelling and Post Office at Stokes Bay that was conducted by McIvor Bros. The total loss is estimated at over $12,000.

Jan. 22, 1913 George Hayward and Harley Hummel of Stokes Bay brought a load of furniture from Wiarton. Messrs. Jim and Charlie Hawk and Henry Esch of Miller Lake, went to Dyer’s Bay on Monday to cut shingles for the Solmon Kent Co. Jim Hawk has the contract for cutting them.

Page 75 of Benchmarks
A History of Eastnor Township and Lion’s Head
Compiled by The Eastnor & Lion’s Head Historical Society
Copyright 1987